Re: ARC CPR
Thu, 4 Mar 1993 08:32:34 CST
On Wed, 3 Mar 1993 11:39:35 -0600 James Camp said:
>Tom Richardson asked why we were being charged $20 for
>ARC CPR. Other than manikin rental and books I cannot
>answer. However, it is this way across Virginia.
>I'm more used to as Tom stated -- Instructors were
>volunteers that had access to manikins, and enjoyed
>teaching us. Being in a Volunteer Fire Department, we
>had ample instructors (real ARC instructors, not
>self-proclaimed ones) and they were continually trying
>to meet their quota to maintain certification.
>Here in Northern VA, the average cost is $30.00 for
>ARC CPR. Taught from the colleges, volunteers, or
>The ARC offices, the pay's the same. Our ASM agreed
>to cut us to the minimum and only charge $20 per
>Ultimately, I guess the reason is that when you accumulate
>too many politicians in one place, profits will be found
>somewhere (flame suit on )
Hooo, Boy. It's neither as pure nor as sinister. It's just about money.
My sources (I've had a 40-year relationship with ARC as an instructor
and instructor-trainer in first aid, cpr, smallcraft, and water safety)
tell me that it's because community funds, upon which ARC depends for
a large hunk of its funding, are becoming more concerned that the
support goes to NEEDY.
As important as first aid and cpr are to community safety, it's hard to
say that such programs are directed toward the indigent.
Hence, they aren't supported the way they used to be, and even though
the instruction is being given by volunteers in many cases, the
administrative overhead needs to be paid by fees.
In some larger chapters, there is a tiered fee arrangement (people who
earn money because of the training (emt's, lifeguards, etc.) pay more
than citizens who want it for their own peace of mind).
It's the Red Cross version of FOS, I fear.
[Chief source for this information is an old friend who is a Chapter
service chairman in first aid; all of my work was in the trenches
because I liked teaching better than drinking old coffee. So if there's
someone with more direct information, I'll defer to them.]
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